Commander Kevin Pomykala speaks before the Joliet City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Veterans came out in full force Tuesday night at the Joliet City Councilmeeting where NorthPoint executives made a surprise presentation that was not on the agenda. They touted the benefits of NorthPoint.
Joliet’s Stone City VFW Commander Kevin Pomykala along with dozens of veterans held signs and spoke in opposition to NorthPoint’s request to annex more than 12-hundred acres of land in Joliet to build their Compass Business Park. Commander Pomykala spoke before the council.
“We see a problem every day with truck traffic,” said Commander Kevin Pomykala. “Semi trucks using GPS are getting lost, driving into Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and driving on top of veterans’ graves.”
In a joint statement, Wilmington VFW Post 5422 Commander Terry Ceruttiand Midewin Tallgrass Prairie Alliance President Gerald Heinrich opposed NorthPoint because the project abuts the prairie on Hoff Road, which is also the entrance to the cemetery.
Ty Keller, who serves on the memorial squad, and heads the Veterans Outreach Services of Illinois stole the show with an emotional speech about burying his comrades. He said “you” to the council, You had no problem asking us our opinion when you needed us to serve and protect, but now you don’t care about our opinion.
Below is the footprint of the proposed NorthPoint Compass Business Park in red.
Here are the organizations who have expressed strong opposition to NorthPoint:
· Will County Sheriffs’ Department Deputies F.O.P. Labor Union